education, language, minority students, English as a Second Language, educational rights, immigrant


This unsigned note argues that the Supreme Court should reexamine the rights of language minority students under 42 U.S.C. §2000d in order to clarify its holding in Lau v. Nichols. In that case, the Court established the right of non-English speaking children to receive compensatory language instruction under that statute. The note analogizes language minority children to handicapped children who the Court has held are entitled to receive a minimal education which is geared toward their needs. Since language minority students may not be able to obtain minimal education without compensatory language instruction, they may be entitled to such instruction.

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